Allergies??

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Allergies??
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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 12:43am
Oh PLEASE PLEASE someone tell me that there is something I can do!! I'm DYING of seasonal allergies. I have taken two allergy pills today out of despiration even though I was told by an OB nurse that Benadryl could cause problems with pregnancy. (My midwife told me that she was not right and that Benadryl was just FINE to take while pregnant but once someone tells me it is bad I'm not that easy to convince otherwise.) I want so badly to not take anything but then I'm literally going to claw my eyes out.

What do you people out there with allergies do during the spring and fall? Just suffer through or do you take something?

Thanks. At least I'd like to know I'm not suffering alone.

-Robyn

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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 4:04am
((((((((((Robyn)))))))))))) I know how that can be! I have all kinds of allergies, seasonal and otherwise. Since TTC I haven't taken anything, which isn't much of a problem if I avoid houses with cats. It *is* a major problem when I am biking (which is a new hobby of mine), since I go speeding through pollens and grasses etc. etc. adn breathe that stuff in for hours on end. However, I had cut back a lot on the meds anyway, even before TTC, because my insurance won't cover it and the over-the-counter meds were really expensive here (Germany). However, if I really need something and I haven't ovulated yet, I don't have a problem taking anything. Even up to 4 or 5 dpo I would still feel comfortable taking something. That leaves just maybe 8 days of suffering. Well, that doesn't sound great, but it isn't too bad either, I guess. That is, I guess it could be worse.

I don't know anything about what meds are ok to take while pg, so I can't help you at all with that. But I hope you are able to get some good info, and until then, I wish you lots of luck and really low pollen counts! :)

~Jolene

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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 9:22am
Robyn,

(((HUGS))) I know all too well what you're going through! I'm on Zyrtec every day, 12 months a year to control my allergies. I've heard several people say their drs switched them to Zyrtec because they were ttc. My dr knows I'm on it, and he hasn't told me to stop. My allergy dr told me last year that Claritin is pg-approved.....you might want to try that since it's now OTC before going on something that requires a prescription (I'd take it, but Claritin doesn't work for me).

Hope you feel better soon!!!

Heather

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Mon, 04-14-2003 - 9:39am
Robyn, (prev. pg ment)

I completey sympathize. I have terrible allergies all the time. With my first pregnancy, my OB said benedryl was OK. And Claritin 10 mg. The claritin I find to be useless in that dosage. Now I take benedryl almost every night, and I think I did take it during my first pg. though I think I tried to cut down. I know what you mean about once someone tells you it is bad, even if someone else tells you later that it isn't, it is hard to take it. If/when I get pg, I will look into other options, because benedryl is bad for daytime anyway--puts me right to sleep. I'm hoping allegra will be safe for pregnancy, but last I checked I don't think they were definitive on that.

Hugs and hope you feel better!

E